How to Choose the Right Vaporizer for You

Are you curious about buying a vaporizer, but not sure where to start? That’s understandable: constantly improving technology and a wide variety of models in different shapes and sizes can make purchasing a vaporizer a pretty daunting task for a first-time buyer. 


Enjoying cannabis is supposed to be fun, and that’s why we’re here to help. By breaking down the differences between a few common products, we can help you narrow down the long list of possible options so you can find the perfect type of vaporizer for you. 


We can help take the guesswork out of vaping! The information below will make it easier to shop for and find the right type of vaporizer for you. Once you’re done, you can browse the great selection at our store!

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Portable or Desktop?

The first decision to make when it comes to narrowing down vaporizer options is figuring out where you’ll be vaping. Are you the type of smoker who craves the comfort of their own home, or are you always looking to take the show on the road? Both options come with interesting advantages and limitations worth considering.

Portable Vaporizers

The biggest draw of a portable vaporizer is right in the name. Their size and functionality make them perfect for tossing into your pocket or bag and ensuring you have access to your cannabis wherever you go. 


Though you may have heard that portable vaporizers do not offer the ability to heat the cannabis at a specific temperature, you’ll be happy to find out that this is no longer true. Most portable models now have full temperature control, meaning you can customize your smoking experience to each strain as needed.


If portability is an attractive feature to you, this might be an easy decision to make after all. There’s a reason portable vaporizers are the most popular format with cannabis smokers. The convenience of being able to smoke (almost) anywhere you want is a huge plus, and today’s technology means that you can still get the level of temperature control that used to only be found in desktop models. 

Desktop Vaporizers

If you’re more interested in staying at home to discover the delicate and nuanced flavour profiles of various strains of cannabis, and enjoy smoking by yourself as much as with friends, a desktop vaporizer is the choice for you. 


If you’re housebound for any reason, or just a bit of a homebody, a desktop vaporizer is a great device to own. They usually come with an extended mouthpiece (called a whip) or a bag that fills with vapour, allowing you to smoke at your own pace, from the comfort of your couch.


However, you won’t be able to travel very easily. They are heavier than portable devices, need to be plugged into a wall outlet, and higher quality models can be a bit of an investment financially, so the desktop is really where they belong.  

How Do I Choose?

You probably already know whether you’re the type of person who prefers to smoke on the go, or stretched out on the couch as comfy as can be. If you’re curious about investing in smoking as a hobby and exploring the vast world of unique cannabis flavours, a desktop vaporizer is the best way to go. If you want stress-free smoking that you can enjoy anywhere life takes you, go portable.

Flower or Concentrates?

Portable vaporizers come in two categories: flower (also known as “dry herb”) and concentrates. Which one appeals to you is going to depend largely on how much of a factor budget and convenience are in your decision-making.

Flower

Flower vaporizers are distinguished by their small chambers in which you place dried cannabis flowers. A battery-powered heating element within the vaporizer heats the herb, and you inhale the vapour from a mouthpiece at one end of the device. You can check out our blog for a more detailed look at the benefits of dry herb vaporizers.



Concentrates

Just as small and portable as their flower counterparts, vaporizers in which you can use concentrates come with a few added benefits that may interest certain smokers.


To start, by not having a chamber that needs to be loaded with cannabis, they offer a much more discrete alternative to dry herb vaporizers. The second major benefit of oil vaporizers is that they tend to be more affordable than their flower counterparts. 


Thankfully, concentrates can be used in many of today’s portable and desktop vaporizers, so the decision of which you would prefer to smoke is entirely yours to make. Some models, such as the Dr. Dabber Switch, can even be used with both dry herb and concentrates. 

How Do I Choose?

If discretion and budget are not enough to help make the choice between flower and concentrate vaporizers, it might be helpful to know that many users report different effects from smoking each kind of device. Broadly speaking, the high from a flower vaporizer tends to be more body-focused, as opposed to the more cerebral high of an oil vaporizer. 

Canadian Vaporizers Has the Perfect Vaporizer for You

By now, you should have a better idea of what kind of vaporizer is right for you. By narrowing your choices down to either portable or desktop models, you’re already on the right track to determining the size that suits you best. And by choosing whether you prefer to smoke flower or concentrates (or both!), the only thing that will be left to do is to choose a model that appeals to you.  


Head over to our shop to see a curated selection of the best vaporizers available. And if you have any further questions, we’d be more than happy to help answer them. Contact us today!